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Activists Target Every Chevron Station in San Francisco

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10/10/10, the world’s largest day of action on climate change, used to pressure Chevron, California’s biggest climate culprit
Sunday, October 10, 2010

Contact: Nick Magel, Rainforest Action Network, nmagel@ran.org, (419) 283-2728

San Francisco – Rainforest Action Network is sending clean-up crews to all 10 Chevron gas stations in the city of San Francisco today, Sunday, in conjunction with 350.org’s 10/10/10 Global Work Party, which is taking place in 183 countries worldwide. The Chevron clean-up crews are highlighting the company’s unprecedented oil catastrophe in Ecuador and its continued obstruction of climate change initiatives here in California.

Chevron, California’s largest corporation, has come under heavy scrutiny recently for remaining neutral on California’s Proposition 23, which would overturn the state’s landmark climate bill (AB 32) and strike a blow to clean energy investments nationwide.

"In order to get to work on climate solutions, we must confront the polluters who have made it their business to obstruct climate legislation and keep the country dangerously addicted to fossil fuels," said Rebecca Tarbotton, the executive director of Rainforest Action Network. “From California to Ecuador, Chevron is recklessly polluting communities, fighting regulation and standing in the way of the clean energy future we need and want.”

All San Francisco Chevron stations will be temporarily “closed for oil spill clean up,” and there will be a major “clean-up” at one of Chevron’s largest Bay Area gas stations at 1298 Howard Street in downtown San Francisco at noon. At the Howard Street station, activists are risking arrest by blocking all entrances to the pumps with giant banners and warning signs reading “Closed for cleaning due to oil spills and climate pollution,” while other activists are physically cleaning the station.

“Chevron gas stations are the public face of one of the largest and dirtiest oil companies,” said Maria Lya Ramos, campaign director at Rainforest Action Network. “Four days ago, Chevron CEO John Watson refused to comment on Prop 23. Remaining silent on Prop 23 only reaffirms Chevron’s obstructive stance toward clean energy solutions in California. Chevron would rather watch from the sideline than help California lead the way toward a clean energy economy.”

More information and high-resolution photos and video available here.

Rainforest Action Network (RAN) campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.

RAN’s Change Chevron campaign is uniting communities, investors, religious leaders, celebrities, students, policy makers and Chevron employees to transform the oil giant. For more information about the campaign, visit: www.ChangeChevron.org.

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Rainforest Action Network runs hard-hitting campaigns to break North America’s fossil fuels addiction, protect endangered forests and Indigenous rights, and stop destructive investments around the world through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. For more information, please visit: www.ran.org

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